Food and Water Watch Is Conning Taxpayers in Every Way

Food and Water Watch is a completely radical organization that is conning taxpayers by using loopholes in the tax code to operate politically as a charity.

Yesterday, one of our readers sent me a news story about Chester County, Pennsylvania election results. The Philadelphia Inquirer article, written by Andrew Maykuth, noted “Opponents of Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East project won seats on the governing boards of two Chester County townships Tuesday in elections that had become referendums on the controversial pipeline.” While that was hardly surprising, what was disturbing was what came later in the story; a tale of how a supposed public charity called Food and Water Watch had deeply involved itself in those elections by using some subterfuge the IRS and others, including far too many in the oil and gas industry, are only too happy to ignore.

Here are a few excerpts from the story (emphasis added):

Four Democrats, supported by the political arm of a national environmental group,  won races for township supervisor in Uwchlan and West Goshen, which are bisected by the Mariner East system that conveys natural-gas liquids to Sunoco’s terminal in Marcus Hook.
The candidates — Mayme Baumann and Bill Miller in Uwchlan, and Mary LaSota and Robin Stuntebeck in West Goshen — vowed to use local zoning regulations to prevent construction of the pipeline they say is too close to occupied structures such as schools and homes…
Sam Bernhardt, senior organizer with Food & Water Action, said his organization spent about $40,000 to provide organizers and to mail brochures to voters in the two townships. The effort was buttressed by a door-to-door campaign targeting every house within 1,000 feet of the pipeline route. Food & Water Action is the political arm of the national group Food & Water Watch.

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